3 March 2014
Narrabri Longwall Recommences Production
Whitehaven Coal Limited (ASX: WHC) wishes to announce longwall production from the Narrabri Mine has recommenced.
Mining in the second longwall panel was completed in January, and following the longwall change-out, production on panel three has now begun.
ROM coal production at Narrabri for the first half was 3.29Mt, a record result for the company, with 193kt produced in a single week. Saleable coal production for the first half was 2.91Mt. On an annualised basis, production for the December quarter exceeded the nameplate capacity (6.0Mtpa) of the mine, a significant achievement for a mine that has only been operating commercially for just eighteen months.
Whitehaven Coal Managing Director and CEO Paul Flynn said: “Narrabri has reported strong performance with record production and sales for the half. Longwall production in panel three commencing safely, on schedule and on budget is positive news and, significantly, moves the mine into a one change-out per annum mode of operation.”